O Morning Star

Author: Philipp Nicolai

Philipp Nicolai (b. Mengeringhausen, Waldeck, Germany, 1556; d. Hamburg, Germany, 1608) lived an eventful life–he fled from the Spanish army, sparred with Roman Catholic and Calvinist opponents, and ministered to plague-stricken congregations. Educated at Wittenberg University, he was ordained a Lutheran pastor in 1583 in the city of Herdecke. However, he was soon at odds with the Roman Catholic town council, and when Spanish troops arrived to reestablish Roman dominance, Nicolai fled. In 1588 he became chief pastor at Altwildungen and court preacher to Countess Argaretha of Waldeck. During that time Nicolai battled with Calvinists, who disagreed with him about the theology of the real presence of Christ in the Lord's Supper. These doctri… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Morning Star, how fair and bright! You shine with God's own truth and light
Title: O Morning Star
Author: Philipp Nicolai (1599)
Meter: 8.7.7.8.8.7.4.8.4.8
Source: Tr. Lutheran Book of Worship, 1978, alt.
Publication Date: 1995
Copyright: Tr. © 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, used by permission of Augsburg Fortress

Tune

WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET

Adapting a tune written for Psalm 100 found in Wolff Köphel's Psalter (1538), Nicolai composed WIE SCHÖN LEUCHTET, which was published with the text in 1599. Although the tune was originally more varied rhythmically, the hymnal version here is isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) and set to the rich ha…

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Timeline

Instances

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Chalice Hymnal #105

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #308

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Glory to God #827

Lutheran Service Book #395

Lutheran Worship #73

Rejoice in the Lord #367

The Covenant Hymnal #191

Worship (3rd ed.) #389

Worship (3rd ed.) #390

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